Catholic San Francisco
Events for
October 2015

WASHINGTON – Canonizing the 18th-century Spanish missionary, Blessed Junipero Serra, Pope Francis insisted a person’s faith is alive only when it is shared.  
  “It took 12 times for me to go up and down the stairs with the relic to get it right for the master of ceremonies.”

  WASHINGTON – A day after Pope Francis canonized St. Junipero Serra, Franciscans gathered to celebrate a Mass of thanksgiving, but one voice in the crowd drew attention to some of the controversy surrounding the new saint.  

Did you know we have some very powerful allies in our pro-life battle? Angels! The Catechism of the Catholic Church tells us that “From its beginning until death, human life is surrounded by their watchful care and intercession.” At the moment of creation inside ...

A dinner Oct. 13 will help fund the continuing service of the Order of Malta Clinic of Northern California in Oakland which offers free complete medical care to the poor. The special focus of the evening is to help expand the clinic’s operation to five days a week from its ...

 Our community, the Sisters of Social Service, came into being inspired by Pope Leo XII’s encyclical “Rerum Novarum” (“On the Condition of Labor,”) the first of the great encyclicals calling for social justice. We were established in Los ...

The series of undercover videos aimed at exposing the buying and selling of aborted babies’ body parts are hitting many of those who have had abortions hard. But those interviewed said that nevertheless, if the videos can stop someone else from having an abortion, it is ...

More than 500 guests came together Sept. 19 on St. Patrick’s Seminary & University campus for prayer, dinner and recognition of the Serra Clubs of the Greater Bay Area for their work in encouraging and supporting vocations to the priesthood and religious life. The ...

Pilgrims who visit the National Shrine of St. Francis on Oct. 4, the saint’s feast day, and meet certain sacramental conditions may receive the “Pardon of Assisi,” a plenary indulgence, according to shrine rector Capuchin Father John De La Riva.  

One of the deepest desires of the human heart is to discover our identity. So often, as a society and as individuals, we identify ourselves by what we do. We base our worth on how productive we are at work or at home, and we determine our lives to be more or less good depending ...

PHILADELPHIA – Pope Francis ended his trip to the United States with a call for Catholics to keep the enthusiasm of the visit, while continuing to welcome newcomers and care for creation.
VATICAN CITY – Shortly after his meeting with a group of clergy abuse victims, Pope Francis returned to the issue of sexual abuse at the beginning of his address to the 300 bishops attending the World Meeting of Families, held in the chapel of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary ...
WASHINGTON – The past, the promise and the potential of the United States must not be smothered by bickering and even hatred at a time when the U.S. people and indeed the world need a helping hand, Pope Francis told the U.S. Congress Sept. 24.  

ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM PHILADELPHIA – As the American Airlines plane taking him to Rome from Philadelphia took off, Pope Francis said he pictured the faces of all the people he met, and he prayed for them.  


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